Historic Property Management

Historic Property Management

Historic property management combines preservation maintenance with modern systems management. Learn how to read your building, search for solutions, and then care for the building envelope by maintaining its historic materials. Explore how to balance the environmental needs of the building with its users. Understand the impacts on historic properties of pest management practices and mechanical building systems—HVAC, plumbing, fire, security, and lighting. Discuss how to train in-house staff and when to hire a specialist to identify a problem or a contractor to handle a specific task.

Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation

Historic windows are both critical components of a building’s weather envelope and valuable character-defining features worth retaining for architectural and environmental reasons. Learn about the rich history and variety of wood, steel, and aluminum windows and construction methodology. Explore the maintenance and rehabilitation techniques that allow windows to have long and sustainable service lives. Review energy conservation and economic issues as factors facing managers in the restore-or-replace debate and regulations relating to preservation of these assets.

HSRs and Maintenance Plans: Tools for Preservation

Review the core planning tools used for the preservation of historic properties and for quality project management. Accurate knowledge about the building is an essential first step. Explore the historic structures report—the principal tool used to document a building’s history, condition, and maintenance. Discuss the use of maintenance plans for scheduling daily, monthly, and annual activities.

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards: Treatment Considerations

The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties form the basis for historic property rehabilitation for all federal undertakings, for federal tax benefits, and often for state, local, and private projects. Explore the standards in detail with particular attention to the preservation of historic fabric, sustainable strategies, energy conservation, accessibility considerations, health and safety codes, security issues, and climate change. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the application of the Standards to their projects.

Sustainable Preservation: Process and Practice

Discuss the process and practice of using sustainable preservation strategies for historic structures. The environmental goal of “reduce, reuse, recycle” can enhance the capital cost competitiveness of preservation projects. Review the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards used to assess building performance. Focus on preservation challenges relating to energy efficiency, windows, lighting, indoor air quality, HVAC, and local and national codes and regulations.